December saw the launch of ROSL’s second Incognito exhibition, which saw anonymously donated postcard artworks sold to raise money for our education projects throughout the Commonwealth. There's still time to get yourself some affordable art before the exhibition closes at the end of January.
Following the success of the inaugural exhibition in 2016, we once again invited artists from around the world to create and donate postcard artworks for a great cause. The exciting mix of medium and subject of the Incognito cards provides variety for those visiting and the small frames in which the cards are displayed provides a uniform look for the diverse donations. Oil paintings are exhibited beside card mounted Ceramics and Glass, prints and the most delicate of pencil drawings, showing the wealth of talent among the donors, which included many members. Many of the works were also donated by artists who had previously exhibited at ROSL and have a close connection with the club, the members and the arts programme.
While the 2016 saw 127 donations, this edition received over 180 postcard donations and has raised over £2,700. These funds will enable further development of ROSL’s already-established education projects at the PestalozziWorld village in India and with the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF) in Pakistan and beyond.
This includes a link with the CGEF which aims to provide support for girls who have been identified via ROSL’s education projects in additional countries. Danielle Jones-Smith, CGEF Administrative Secretary says a successful link has now been established with Vera Leech, ROSL-Namibia Project supporter on behalf of girls from Mondesa Youth Opportunities and we hope to further such links via contacts in the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Director of the PestalozziWorld village, Cheme Dolma Palden reported earlier this month that “Guitars were purchased and Anushey Greene was hired to teach guitar and Western and Indian classical singing. We formed a Senior Choir of children from Classes 9 to 12 and a Junior Choir from Classes 6 to 9. At the Welcome Function in October, the Western choir sang ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’. The Indian Classical Choir sang ‘Swagatham’ in Hindi. In December, the youngest group learnt Christmas carols, which they sang while performing the Nativity play. Thank you ROSL for all your support”.